Finland's IT service market is projected to grow by 4% during 2016, which means that Enfo has achieved organic growth faster than the market. Correspondingly, Sweden's IT service market is forecast to grow by 5% during the current year. Enfo has likewise grown organically faster than the market in Sweden along these lines.
In general, Finland's gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated to grow by 0.9% during 2016, and Sweden's GDP correspondingly by 3.5%. The IT service market is thus growing faster than the GDP.
Enfo's investments related to digitalisation have put a strain on this year´s performance, but profitability is forecast to grow in the coming years as from 2017.
Enfo is also growing in terms of personnel. The number of Enfo´s employees has grown by 12%, i.e. by 99 people, compared with the previous year. In the third quarter of 2015, the number of employees stood at 805. The number of employees currently totals 904.
Enfo´s interim report is available in full below.
The 2016 financial statements will be issued on 2 March 2017.
Enfo´s interim reports and annual reports are available on Enfo´s website at http://www.enfogroup.com/Investor-relations
For more information, please contact:
Christian Homén, CFO, Enfo, tel. +358 40 750 6902, email@example.com
Enfo Group's interim report 1 July–30 September 2016
Outlook for 2016
The Group’s turnover is expected to increase in 2016. The operating profit is expected to decrease from the year before due to investments in new business operations. In addition, non-recurring costs arising from measures to improve the efficiency of specific business units will reduce this year’s operating profit.
Risks and uncertainties
Short-term risks and uncertainties are associated with maintaining competitive prices in all of the Group’s business areas. Furthermore, the profitability of new business operations may develop more weakly than planned. Recruitment problems, particularly in the Stockholm area, are weakening the otherwise good growth prospects of the Business Solutions business area.
The largest long-term uncertainties are associated with a decrease in demand for traditional IT services and the schedule for implementing changes as part of Enfo’s revised strategy.
Arto Herranen, CEO:
Through our new strategy, we will strongly shift the focus of our operations towards new IT services that support digitalisation.
In July–September 2016, this strategic reform had both a positive and negative impact on our performance. While our turnover increased by 10.1% year-on-year, our operating profit showed a clear decline of 67.3%. Thus, our investments are adversely affecting our profit performance in the short term, but will strengthen our profitability in the long term. This means that, in the near future, we will have to use both the accelerator and brake pedal at the same time. In order to improve our short-term profitability, we will launch a cost-cutting programme in the last quarter of 2016.
The IT service market is undergoing an interesting development phase in general. In 2016, we expect growth of 2 to 4 per cent in this sector in Finland and Sweden. Meanwhile, the decline in some areas of this sector is reflected in the major staff cuts announced by numerous, traditional IT companies. Simultaneously, other areas in the IT service market are reporting double digit growth and smaller IT companies in particular are recruiting more staff. The purpose of Enfo’s revised strategy is to focus on these strong growth areas, and we will also fuel our expansion through acquisitions.
Timetable for financial reporting in 2016
The 2016 financial statements bulletin will be issued on 2 March 2017.
Enfo's business operations
Enfo Oyj is the parent company of Enfo Group. Enfo’s business operations are divided into two separately reported segments – IT Services and Financial Process Services.
At IT Services, the year has proceeded as planned. In July–September, sales grew by 11.3% year-on-year to EUR 27.1 (24.4) million, and operating profit decreased by 70.0% to EUR 0.8 (2.6) million. In January–September, sales grew by 17.1% to EUR 91.5 (78.2) million. Nine-month operating profit totalled EUR 2.7 (4.5) million, a year-on-year decrease of 38.7%.
Demand for digitalisation-related solutions has grown strongly in both Finland and Sweden. To respond to this demand, we are continuing to actively build a new service range and introduce industry-specific solutions to the market. For example, during the period under review, Enfo launched “Digital Manufacturing by Enfo”, a new concept targeting the industrial sector. This concept provides an even better view of the customer’s production and costs, helping them to improve their cost efficiency. Feedback on this concept has been extremely positive.
IT outsourcing services will continue to play a key role in Enfo’s service offering. However, the markets are undergoing change. To respond to these developments, Enfo has introduced the AEM (Applications Ecosystem Management) service concept, in which Enfo assumes more extensive responsibility for the customer’s IT, including its application suppliers, thereby helping the customer to develop its business in a digitalised world.
Another new service concept, Worklife, is designed for updating employees’ daily working environment so as to meet future needs, with a special focus on the user experience. These new service packages have attracted great interest among customers and will support them in developing their operations to keep pace with digitalisation.
New agreements have been signed with existing and new customers, such as Nordic Choice Hotels, Lassila & Tikanoja, IKEA and Norkring.
Financial Process Services
Demand for Financial Process Services picked up slightly during the third quarter. Turnover for July–September totalled EUR 8.1 (7.5) million, and that for January–September totalled EUR 25.2 (24.8) million. Compared to the corresponding periods the previous year, these represented a growth of 7.6% and 1.7%, respectively. Operating profit for July–September decreased by 21.3% to EUR 0.4 (0.5) million, and that for January–September decreased by 99.7% to EUR 0.0 (1.9) million. Major investments in service development and new customers, and price competition in invoice operator services continued to erode operating profit. The Financial Process Services unit continued to focus on the construction of a digital platform for the financial management of medium-sized companies, as well as the upgrading of its information logistics services platform. Both of these projects will further strengthen the offering of the Financial Process Services unit.
During the third quarter, Enfo focused on transferring two major clients to a new platform. New contracts were signed, including the implementation of Enfo’s finance platform as a SaaS service for Porvoon Energia Oy. During the last quarter of 2016, Enfo expects to secure both major new contracts and service expansions for existing customers.
Turnover and result
In July–September, Enfo Group’s turnover grew by 10.1% to EUR 34.5 (31.3) million. In January–September, turnover grew by 14.0% to EUR 115.7 (101.5) million. The Group’s profitability declined in July–September, with operating profit totalling EUR 1.0 (3.1) million, comprising 2.9% (9.9) of turnover. Operating profit for January–September totalled EUR 2.6 (6.4) million, comprising 2.2% (6.3) of turnover. Enfo Group’s operating profit for January–September decreased by 59.6% year-on-year.
The Group’s profit before taxes in July–September stood at EUR 0.7 (2.6) million, comprising 2.0% (8.3) of turnover. Profit before taxes for January–September totalled EUR 1.7 (5.7) million, or 1.4% (5.6) of turnover. The Group’s net financing costs amounted to EUR -0.3 (-0.6) million in July–September and to EUR -0.9 (-0.7) million in January–September. The result in July–September was EUR 0.6 (2.0) million, comprising 1.6% (6.4) of turnover. The result for January–September totalled EUR 1.3 (4.5) million, representing 1.2% (4.4) of turnover. Earnings per share in July–September were EUR -0.20 (3.08) and in January–September EUR -0.97 (6.19).
Development by reporting segment
In July–September, the turnover of IT Services increased by 11.3% to EUR 27.1 (24.4) million. Operating profit declined by 70.0% to EUR 0.8 (2.6) million. In July–September, the turnover of Financial Process Services increased by 7.6% to EUR 8.1 (7.5) million. Operating profit declined to EUR 0.4 (0.5) million.
In January–September, sales of IT Services grew by 17.1% to EUR 91.5 (78.2) million. Nine-month operating profit totalled EUR 2.7 (4.5) million, a year-on-year decrease of 38.7%. In January–September, the turnover of Financial Process Services increased by 1.7% to EUR 25.2 (24.8) million. Operating profit declined to EUR 0.0 (1.9) million.
Financing, investments and acquisitions
Enfo’s net investments in January–September totalled EUR 3.0 (2.5) million. These mainly consisted of data centre hardware acquired through financial leasing agreements. The company’s equity ratio was 42.8% (46.3) at the end of the review period. Interest-bearing net liabilities at the end of September amounted to EUR 40.1 (26.7) million and net gearing was 80.3% (51.5). During the period under review, Enfo Oyj increased its holding in Enfo Rongo Oy to 100%.
In January–September, Enfo Group employed an average of 904 (805) people. At the end of September, the Group employed a total of 910 (801) people. Enfo’s IT Services unit employed an average of 749 (715) people in January–September, while Financial Process Services employed an average of 96 (90) people. Of Enfo’s personnel, 413 (345) were employed in Finland and 491 (460) in Sweden during the review period.
On 30 September 2016, Enfo Oyj had a total of 600,833 shares and 113 shareholders. The company has one series of shares. At the end of September, Enfo owned 1,552 treasury shares. On 30 September 2016, the ten largest shareholders in the company were: Osuuskunta KPY, Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company, Enfo Oyj’s Personnel Fund HR, Rongo Cap Oy, Einari Vidgrén Oy, Keskisuomalainen Oyj, Pohjois-Savon Osuuspankki, Hannu Isotalo Oy, Kallax Oy and Arto Herranen. Osuuskunta KPY holds 85.40% of Enfo’s shares.
This interim report has been prepared in accordance with the recognition and measurement principles of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the accounting principles published in the 2015 financial statements. The figures in the tables have been rounded to the nearest million euros and may not add up to precise totals. The figures presented in the tables are unaudited.
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